01. //Sugar Magnolia
02. Dark Star ->
03. St. Stephen ->
04. Not Fade Away ->
05. Turn On Your Lovelight/Crowd
06. House Music (Get Together)/Final Remarks
-- Sugar Magnolia cuts in during Sunshine Daydream.
-- Several level adjustments performed with Cool Edit Pro.
-- Various anomalies remain.
-- Verified sector boundaries via Trader's Little Helper and encoded FLAC level 8.
December 6, 2016 Subject:
Ah... This is what I come here for...
This Dark Star has already received heaps of praise here yet I am absolutely compelled to add some of my own.
I put this on with a fresh ear, having never before given this show a listen late last night... In those long dark lonely hours when sleep won't come, when a person needs something to salve the soul, to inspire them to push on hard and steady, some chose random Bible verses, and I chose random shows. Last night I required something extra to give me that inspirational push, to uplift my spirit and shake my soul back to life and so I went in search of a primo Dark Star. It was something that I needed to be just right. I put my faith in my decision to give this one a try. I selected it based on the year and the venue as my lifelong favorite has always been 2/13/70( as the years, hell the decades have passed I have learned that labels such as best ever or favorite are not really easily applied to things outside of the moment the 2/13 is my gold standard so to speak.
I found what I needed of course, I usually do which is why I still keep coming back.
I lay in bed with my earbuds in. I press play close my eyes and the opening notes begin. I am in that room at the Fillmore East and it's 1970. Nine years before I would be born, but I am there, I am in the crowd feel a part of, no fel at one with the energy in the room. I can see the band on stage younger than I am now. And that's all thanks to whomever it was who knew how important it truly was to preserve this moment in time. This recording is utterly beautiful, transportive. Mickey hypnotizes me with whatever it is that he plays that sounds like a creaking or winding noise. I really don't know what specifically it's called but it was used in the same part during the 2/13 Star, and I always Invision him.playing it hunched over intently focused one with this tiny little instrument trying to summon the rythem of the universal energy current which when he succeeds here is what first brings us up into the higher levels of the atmosphere and then we move on beyond into space where all illusion falls away and what we are left with is one eternal moment of introspection and truth, the highest peak of self knowledge because here we are beyond and removed from the world and the things which are in it. They have all fallen away. We are purified here in these silences briefly yet deeply and then we begin to explore what is beyond the darkness the heavens of the heavens.
What more is really needed to be said about a work of art then that it can drive darkness from the soul ? This Star does that it can do that if you allow it to do so.
September 20, 2015 Subject:
This was my first Dead show, 17 years old, liked the Dead, but had no idea what I was in for. At times, there was a physical energy you could feel in the Fillmore that night, something I have never experienced again. And no, I WASN'T tripping. Left the Fillmore a Deadhead at about 4:00 AM. Saw them maybe 10-15 times after that, but the bar was set too high. But it was also set too high for every other show and band I ever saw. This one was the best.
November 16, 2014 Subject:
For What We Got
5 stars for what we got, and because its not all chopped up. This is the best! Bobby and Jerry are Great hear!
July 15, 2014 Subject:
brings me back
I was working at a pizza joint in buffalo years ago, delivering pizzas. I had to work all day...so my buddy frank thought it'd be funny to dose me...now there was a blizzard coming down hard, and I was tripping hard...I put this old tape in and suddenly everything got better this dark star saved my trip....what a beautiful fond memory
February 15, 2014 Subject:
A passing legend - a night with buds..
5-stars for the show, the energy, the recording, and for the night I was introduced to this music. 5-stars all around!
When Jerry passed on 8-9-95, David Gans and Dead Hour soon followed with an entire evening dedicated to our fallen leader of the band.
September 9th, 1970, this group of songs beginning with the Dark Star, was among the songs jams Gans played that night. As my best high school friends and I sat in Jumbo's basement, recording it on Maxell XLIIs using his dad's recording set-up, we laughed and cried for hours. To this day, one of the saddest, though best nights of my life - we commented how we were connected with all other Heads that night - young, like we were, and older alike.
makes me really miss San Francisco right now and the days of old. Living in Dallas now since 1996 and suffice it to say it 'aint San Francisco.
September 11, 2013 Subject:
Almost 33 years after and still great
Finding this is a monumental moment in my life!
June 26, 2013 Subject:
1970 Grateful Dead has the most soul.
April 1, 2013 Subject:
I was 3 years old when this show happened... Not a big fan of the generic "Space" of later shows I attended but don't see how this one could be knocked. The whole set was great and high energy and the space was rhythmic and stylistically perfect for Dark Star. I gotta find the rest of this show!
January 24, 2013 Subject:
hi 5 ChinaCat@ 6:16 in NFA
2 much 4 wurdz check out china cat @ 6:16 in NFA
anything less than 5 is sacralige......
December 28, 2012 Subject:
Just smokin. There are no words.
October 6, 2012 Subject:
thats goose bumps,its what i get when i hear dark star like this,the band that never was just a band.five stars really dont come close to a show that sounds so aired out into the echos of our lives.oh what tangled webs we weave.miss you all,dead and alive.mahalodav
Reviewer:dc in colorado
July 6, 2012 Subject:
This is why they invented drums and electric guitars.
January 7, 2012 Subject:
Dark Star to dream on...
This is one of those Dark Stars that just builds,and takes you there,I had not heard this one in quite a while, thanks to the good folks at Archive.. a real nice clean tape.. a great spacey dreamy, trippy version here..the rest of the set cooks,,an amazing band,, they truly had no equal. especially the years from 69> 73.. this show is al there thanks again,, sweet dreams indeed.. shall we go..
August 8, 2011 Subject:
Don't let the space distract you
This Dark Star should not be faulted for its slow start or the very annoying aimless space after the first verse of vocals. If you just don't care for space, skip ahead to about 9.5 minutes into the track before you pass judgement. Based on the last 12 minutes this will be one of your favorite Dark Stars. It cooks!
And to uroboros - you're right. I was then, but I'm not now, and while it annoys me to listen to space jam on my stereo, the last part of this jam gives me great flash backs!
May 10, 2011 Subject:
I am grateful to have learned of this set from the staff picks at archive.org. Simply put, the Grateful Dead of any era doesn't get better than this. Incredible, surprising, and over the top! This sequence is the best music I've heard from the Dead in a very long time. A jam for the ages, and you won't find me saying that any where else. I'm very picky, and this gets my highest reward.
April 19, 2011 Subject:
This has slowly become my hands-down favorite Dark Star. It just sprawls and although Jerry is surely in top-form I think Phil really carries the day here. the fuzzed out interlude is priceless...about thirty years ahead of its time.
February 24, 2011 Subject:
"I Said Fuck!!"
So did I, Pigepen, So did I...
In the 80's, noise-rock bands like Sonic Youth were considered 'pioneering' but listen to this Dark Star, especially around the 13 min. mark and hear the Dead doing the exact same more than 20 years earlier. They were truly doing something unique.
Excellent NFA as well with a brief China Cat jam and a Mountain Jam noodle as well.
Great performance all around.
November 25, 2010 Subject:
Beautiful Dark Star, I have the tape for this one and its nice to hear a kinder sounding version presented here.
November 16, 2010 Subject:
July 11, 2010 Subject:
And I mean awesome!
April 24, 2010 Subject:
turn on your lovelight
Bobby: "Pigpen, did you just say f@ck?"
hahaha GREAT show, EXCELLENT stage banter, what more could you ask?
February 15, 2010 Subject:
Note to self:
This DarkStar goes everywhere ... I think it is my favorite even though it starts out from nothing ...
....this is excellent....
... The trick is staying alive...
December 14, 2009 Subject:
Visions of Snoopy(Twrilling)
The time sig in the middle of that DS reminds me of the guy that did the music for the CB Christmas.
3 Stars...take a point away for BW abrupt interjection....
though, BW plainly balanced JG and PL, in general.
December 13, 2009 Subject:
Not for nuthin, I first saw the DEAD in 67, This site says it all. Great Music. Great Memories and, LOTS i don't remember !!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME MEMORIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
November 17, 2009 Subject:
this is why i don't get tired
Fantastic sound of this DARK STAR keeps me interested in exploring the music that this band made so long ago. The pace of this version is really good for anyone who is in the slow lane.
Must have been a great night to join the band in that space.
November 10, 2009 Subject:
Some one mentioned china cat in the not fade away at 16 30 of the dark star bobby whips out that rhythmic jam during the later longer china-riders, totally blew me away when I heard it.
November 7, 2009 Subject:
maybe the MOST beautiful Dark Star...
awesome, awesome show!... I've listened to so many many Dark Stars, and I always come back to this one as the finest when I want to relax and get carried away from the everyday - it's super psychy, yet a bit mellow, spacey, intense... ..VISUAL! kind of melancholy at first, but builds to one of the most emotive DS of all... Jimi died just two days before this - [it was only back on the 69-70 New Year's that some of the greatest recordings of ALL TIME were made...not just the Dead's show, but just listen again to Band of Gypsys do 'Machine Gun' live]
tonight Jerry's CRUISIN! Bobby's rhythm playing will drop your jaw... (great sample at about 19:40)... the boys just tumble over one another like little kids swimming in the sky and then come back together and parachute down... this one will tickle your brain and leave you in a much better place when you land 25 mins and 24 secs later...WOW!
October 5, 2009 Subject:
if you were tripping at the show it might have not seemed aimless. Cool Dark Star
August 7, 2009 Subject:
During NFA Garcia plays licks of ChinaCat, as well as the Youngbloods' "Darkness Darkness"(thier "Get Together" is also the exit music). Everything about this recording is phenomenal!
July 15, 2009 Subject:
Great Show for Sure
I attended the next night - Sept. 20, 1970. Any copies of that night out there?
June 24, 2009 Subject:
One of the cleanest stars out there. Not too much noise and plenty of floating jams that seem to wash away the time. 25 minutes flies by and leads into a nice St. Stephen. Gotta love Pig. He knows just what to say.
May 28, 2009 Subject:
The mighty PIG setting those kids straight.
Keep your hands outta your pocket and TCB
Wait unil 4/29/71 Midnight Hour.
May 21, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" September 9, 1970, at the Fillmore East, NYC, New York, U.S.A.
"Superduper 70' Soundboard"
This recording is 39 years old as of this review, and it sounds like it was recorded today.
Fantastic Fillmore East show. 5 Stars for the mix, recording, performance & transfer.
Thank you for sharing this show with us Mr. Chuck Renyolds.
I recommend clicking on "check for other copies" and get all of em', I did.
In my opinion the most loving, loyal, excited crowds the GRATEFUL DEAD ever played in front of were the New York City crowds and they are only second to the San Francisco hometown crowds.
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1970 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
Here's one way to download this show:
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1970.
PS: I miss 1970...
PSS: After a lengthy encore applause, Phil comes out and tells the crowd Garcia and Bobby can't continue one has a hand cramp, the others voice is out, the NYC crowd screams for more...(what else are they gonna do?) so Pigpen says: "Wait a minute, wait a minute...why don't you guys go home and "f@#k somebody? And they do...lol that's how you kids got here...lmao
May 14, 2009 Subject:
And the china cat in the middle of Not Fade...Lots of fun!
May 7, 2009 Subject: